You have probably heard mention at some time or other of the "Seven Wonders of the World." Of course, they are all strange and unusual physical phenomena that seem to defy reality. But it seems that another worldwide strange wonder, a mental and psychological wonder, took place at the United Nations a few months ago.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN General Assembly, asking them to support the establishment of a new, independent Palestinian state and to approve its admission to the United Nations. The great wonder is that so many in that UN crowd vigorously applauded Abbas numerous times, virtually expressing their support for such an undeserved and ridiculous request.
United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently returned from the Middle East with a warning directed at Israel. "It’s pretty clear," he said, "at this dramatic time in the Middle East, when there have been so many changes, that it is not a good situation for Israel to become so isolated.” Therefore, Panetta insisted, "Israel must take risks for peace.”
For the past two weeks I have been in Israel introducing political leaders and legislators from the southeastern region of the United States to Israeli officials in Jerusalem and also to the mayors of several Israeli towns and cities along the Gaza border. As I sat with my delegation of dignitaries listening to the various highly informative briefings presented to my group, I could not help but reflect upon the circus act which the elected leader of the Palestinian people performed before the United Nations a few months back. As was noted in our briefings, the leaders of the Palestinian people have expertly mastered the art of manipulating the media in order to capture the hearts and minds of even the most educated people around the world. Like a circus act, this is a marvel and a wonder in and of itself. People attend carnivals and circuses in order to see strange and unusual performances.
Senator Sam Brownback, Republican from Kansas -- who most likely will be the next governor of the state -- since the year 2004 has addressed the issue of the pain which the unborn child feels while she is being aborted. Fortunately, another great pro-life Senator, Mike Johanns, a Republican from Nebraska has stepped up to sponsor legislation similar to the Brownback bill.
Months after the worst piece of legislation in American history -- and the most costly piece of legislation estimated to cost upwards of $2.5 trillion -- was passed, the massive effort to repeal Obamacare is growing. Polls show that this highly unpopular piece of socialism is still opposed by the American people as much as it was during the year-long debate and votes in the Democrat-controlled Congress.
A solid majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed. Even the selfish corporations, which gave the final impetus to passing Obamacare by supporting it, are now realizing what a terrible pact with the devil they made to cut out special exemptions for themselves. They are dropping health care plans, increasing health care costs to their employees, and writing off huge expenses due to the imposition of Obamacare on their companies, etc.
The Democrats won a very narrow victory on Thursday in the United States House of Representatives when they passed their clearly unconstitutional "DISCLOSE Act" H.R. 5175. Considering the fact that the Democrats overwhelmingly control the House of Representatives -- as they do the United States Senate -- the 219-206 vote was close indeed.
It is quite obvious, the 36 Democrats who voted against the "DISCLOSE Act" and against their Democrat leadership are hearing the footsteps of the American voters. Only two liberal Republicans, Mike Castle, running for governor of Delaware and the freshman from Louisiana, Ahn "Joseph" Cao, voted for this First Amendment-stifling legislation.
The reformers are at it again with yet another attempt to criminalize political speech and campaign activity.
From the government’s Department of Perverse Acronyms comes the “DISCLOSE Act”, which stands for “Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections”. How clever. And how disingenuous.
It’s being championed by New York Democrat Chuck Schumer in an attempt to get around this year’s Supreme Court decision which threw out restrictions on freedom of speech for unions and corporations in political campaigns.
"The Wall Street Journal" had as its headline this morning: "Israel's Isolation Deepens." Is it any wonder when the president and his administration have taken each and every opportunity to raise up the Palestinian cause at the expense of our greatest ally in the Middle East. The "Journal" reported this morning that Israeli officials believe that the Obama administration's public criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government "has been seen as a green light by some European nations to press Israel further."
What happened off of Gaza last Monday was an intentional provocation by a pack of radical Palestinians and their supporters on a flotilla of six ships including a U.S. passenger ship, the Challenger I, a ship probably filled with aging over-the-hill anti-Vietnam War protestors and other such leftists desperately seeking attention.
On this National Day of Prayer, Dr. Franklin Graham is praying at the National Day of Prayer event in the Cannon Caucus Room -- where, incidentally, Hillary Clinton was a staffer while President Richard Nixon's Watergate investigation leading to his resignation was being conducted -- right across the street from the United States Capitol Building.
Just a couple weeks before today's event, a radical terrorist-supporting group called the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), forced the Obama Administration and his Defense Department to disinvite Dr. Franklin Graham to the National Day of Prayer event in the Pentagon.
The president will have another opportunity to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the leader of the left-wing bloc on the court, announced his retirement last week. The balance of the court will not be changed since there still will be four commited liberals and four commited conservatives and a swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy. As an aside, it is interesting to note that far too frequently, a number of Republican nominees, who are touted as conservatives at the time of their nomination, ultimately turn out to be liberals, as in the case with David Souter, Earl Warren and John Paul Stevens.